Honey Chicken
August 14th, 2014 53 Comments

Honey Chicken

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Honey chicken is a popular Chinese chicken recipe. Easy honey chicken recipe with simple ingredients: honey  and chicken, MUCH better than takeouts |


Honey Chicken Recipe


1 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
Oil, for deep-frying
2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with 4 teaspoons of water, for sauce thickening
Salt and sugar to taste
Toasted sesame seeds, to garnish


1/2 teaspoon salt
3 dashes ground white pepper

Frying Batter:

1 egg white
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water, ice cold
1 tablespoon peanut oil, or regular cooking oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Honey Garlic Sauce:

2 cloves garlic, sliced or lightly bruised
1/3 cup pure honey
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Chinese cooking wine, or dry sherry wine
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4-1/2 cup of water


Marinate the chicken cubes with the Marinade for 5 minutes.

Make the Frying Batter. In a large bowl, lightly whisk the egg white, and mix in the rest of the Frying Batter ingredients. Batter should not be lumpy, nor too runny, but smooth. Place another bowl with ice cubes underneath the frying batter bowl. Drop in the chicken cubes, mix well until they are well coated. Let it sit for about 30 minutes to 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Prepare to make the Honey Garlic Sauce mixture. Mix all the sauce ingredients well and set aside.

Heat up a wok with deep-frying oil. Gently drop in the battered chicken cubes, one by one, making sure it is spread out to prevent sticking, overcrowding the wok, and not fried properly. Turn the heat down to medium-high, and continue to deep-fry until the color changes to golden brown and completely cooked. Dish out and drain on paper towels.

Reserve 3 tablespoons of deep-frying oil in the wok, and stir-fry the garlic until it is browned and the oil is fragrant. Dish out the garlic, and discard. Leave about 2-3 tablespoons of garlic oil in the wok.

Heat up the wok with the garlic oil from previous step, gently pour in the Honey Garlic Sauce mixture, and bring to a light simmer, add in the cornstarch mixture to thicken the sauce, give it a quick stir and adjust salt/sugar/water to taste.

Here, you can either dish out some sauce for dipping later and just keep enough to coat the fried chicken cubes in the wok, OR, toss in the chicken and briefly stir well, making sure the chicken is well coated in the sauce, dish out and sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds and serve. Alternatively, you can also keep the sauce separate from the chicken, and dip as you eat. Serve Chinese Honey Chicken with a bowl of hot steamed Jasmine rice or serve as is, with extra toasted sesame seeds to garnish.

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  1. Louis says:

    Wow, what a mouthwatering and good looking chinese chicken plate..good photos too!wink!

  2. Kim Hayes via Facebook says:

    Sharing and wow, looks good. What I LOVE about the recipes you post is the fact that it doesn’t take rocket science to make them and you don’t have to go to a speicality store to buy anything. A lot of things can be found at any grocery store or at (abet over priced) Whole Foods).

  3. Jun says:

    My favorite is deep-fried stuff, of course! I like to pretend I like the healthy stuff, steamed or stir-fried, but I would definitely reach out for the deep-fried food when no one’s looking! It is the first time I see batter recipe with addition of oil. Can’t wait to try this one.

  4. janmaus says:

    Your recipes are so much better than take out–lovely fresh chicken lightly glazed and completely unlike the chicken surrounded with cornstarch glop that describes any of the variations available in my small town. I’m giving this to my grandchildren tonight.

  5. This honey chicken sounds really good!

  6. Nang Weranung Chuan says:

    Dear Editor,
    Any bookstore selling your recipe book besides ? I prefer to buy direct from bookstore.
    Thank you.

  7. Sherry says:

    Paul and I made this for dinner tonight, and it turned out nicely. The batter and honey garlic sauce were especially good. We served it with brown rice and broccolini salad.

  8. Sarah says:

    I made this the other night and it was delicious! Is there an alternative recipe for making the chicken batter really crispy like in the Chinese restaurants?
    Thanks a lot!

  9. Michelle T. says:

    I just made this for dinner tonight and it was SO good. My family devoured every last bite – there wasn’t a single bit leftover!!

  10. Noor D says:

    Extremely easy recipe, if I could mange it as well as I did!! My husband loved it, plus the ingredients are so simple!I’m so glad iv found this page, waiting for a chance to try some of the other recipes!

  11. Cathy Tran says:

    can I use the black pepper instead of white pepper…. is that okay if they taste of different…?

  12. Amy says:

    I am new to your blog (just 3 days ago) after googling hard and love it instantly! Being someone who just moved to Perth (I’m from KL, Msia), and missing mom’s home cook meals, your recipes really a big help to me to cook all by myself and for my hubby too. I tried out this dish and the Shrimps with Curry Leaves (so difficult to find fresh curry leaves in Perth!) last night – what a perfect meal and we love the batter and texture. Easy steps to follow and the taste is fantastic! Thank you! ;) Unfortunately I couldn’t find your recipe book in Perth and it’s not in stock in all major bookstores back in KL. Anyway, can’t wait to try the Sweet and Sour Pork and Chili Crab next! Btw, would you know any other good chili sauce brands other than Lingham’s? We used Lingham’s back in KL too but I just couldn’t find it in Perth. Oh yes, all your recipes are suitable for how many pax? Thanks again and regards.

  13. steve says:

    Realy good cooking ive cooked asian dishes for a while, but this just shows me that im not that good.You realy have some amazing recipes,Although i do cook a good tia curry many thanks

  14. Fion says:

    May I know what honey u using?

  15. Alice says:

    What can I use to replace apple cider vinegar?

  16. Nkauj Ntxhee Lauj says:

    Loveeeeeeee this recipe! My family loves it too! The batter seems great to use to deep fry almost any meat. The honey sauce is lightly sweet and yummy. I will definitely make this again!

  17. i love honey chicken and wants to know how to make this at home as well, and i want to know this why, is that when we go to the chinese restaurant and order this their sauce is red, is there another ingredient that they put in their food to turn it this color because honey is a brown looking color i want to know what it is thank you for your input.

  18. Rose says:

    Yumm, might make this for dinner. I can leave the wine out right?

  19. karen says:

    Recipe: Honey Chicken

    How much is

    1/2 cup all-purpose flour = gm?
    1/4 cup cornstarch = gm?
    1/2 cup water, ice cold = ml?
    1/3 cup pure honey = ml?

    Thank you.

  20. New to kitchen says:

    Can i leave out The vineger n wine..?

  21. Vivian says:

    Hi, I’m allergic to apples. Is there a substitute for the apple cider vinegar?

  22. Les says:

    Very easy to do ,and taste great .

  23. Alya says:

    I love your recipe, it looks really cool and easy to do.
    I wonder if you could recommend an alternative to the sherry wine or any alcohol in your recipe.

    Thank you.


  24. mekko says:

    I am literally eating this while writing this! It was simple to prepare, and is tasting delicious. My only other experience with honey chicken was a barely palatable version from a local Chinese place, and I think this recipe beats it soundly.

  25. Leslie says:

    Can you recommend a non alcoholic substitute for the wine/sherry please? Is it ok to omit it altogether?

  26. Hey, sounds delicious. . But for the honey sauce is there a substitute for wine? Because im a muslim, can we omit the wine part?!


  27. TonyaCronic says:

    I love this recipe. The batter is so light and airy. Very good!

  28. Barbara Smith says:

    Hi, I thought this was a good recipe but I advise reading the entire recipe first and making sure you have plenty of time to make it. I am not sure what I did wrong but the batter was like dough. Thank you for sharing. Barb

  29. Mickey says:

    Can u tall me a bit about the history of the Chinese honey chicken thx

  30. Mickey says:

    Can u pls tell me a bit about the chinese history of the honey chicken thx bye

  31. I made this tonight for dinner and we all love it! I had one question though. In the sauce is there garlic or is that garlic used for the garlic oil in the pan only? I went ahead and minced some garlic in to the sauce and then used two additional cloves of garlic for the oil. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful recipes! Anytime I want this type of food I always come here and haven’t been disappointed yet.

  32. Peggy says:

    Tried out the recipe today. It was a great dish. We will definitely have it again!

  33. mia says:

    Hi, I tried your kung pao recipe and it turns out really nice! thanks a lot!
    Now I’d like to try out this honey chicken but I don’t understand the part “Place another bowl with ice cubes underneath the frying batter bowl.” In your frying batter ingredient list also showed ice cold water..thus making me confused..Can you help me pls?

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